PediCuRx® Foot Care
The complete management system
for professional foot care
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Foot disease cripples your
Recent reports have declared that foot problems and lameness
on today’s dairy operations are costing more dollars per cow
than even mastitis. Lameness is the new No. 1 herd health
problem! In the last few years, hairy foot warts (digital
dermatitis), specifically, have emerged as a serious concern in
North America. The warts, which eventually lead to lameness,
begin a costly domino effect of herd health problems.
The average cost to treat a lame cow is about $125 to $150
per case. This includes the cost of labor, treatment such as
antibiotics, if needed, and any milk withheld. But this number
does not include decreased milk production or lower weight
due to decreased intake, nor does it include any extra costs
associated with extra days open that may occur because the
cow missed a heat while lame.* For example, a 1,000-cow herd
with a 10% lameness rate could easily have $12,000 to $15,000
in extra costs.
*Source: Greg Goodell, DVM, The Dairy Authority, 2005.
Milk production may drop even before lameness is evident.
The following chart shows milk production prior to, and after
detection of lameness.
Prevention and treatment
There are several important practices that can be used on the
farm to control the introduction and spread of bacteria.
1. New animals should be quarantined for a month
before mixing with the rest of the herd.
2. Regular use of an effective germicide/cleaner in a
footbath and/or by topical application to prevent,
control and treat infectious foot diseases.
3. Routine scraping (2 to 3 times daily) of alleys and
other areas where manure slurry might accumulate.
4. Free or tie stalls should be supplied with a plentiful
amount of clean, dry bedding.
5. Frequent application of a bedding conditioner
(such as ZorbiSan®) to help keep stalls, alleys and
6. Regular hoof trimming by a professional trimmer
(2 to 3 times per year).
7. Program for the monitoring and treatment of
foot-related problems with the aid and advice of
your hoof trimmer, veterinarian, and/or nutritionist.
8. Feeding balanced rations including trace minerals.
Early lesion Mature raised “hairy” lesion
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The PediCuRx® foot
The PediCuRx® Foot Care Management System was designed and developed as one unit, including technology and chemistry to
maintain healthy feet.
Programmable dispensing system
for powder or liquid products
Water jets — rinse and fill footbath
with water or treatment solution
Bladder deflates to release liquid;
inflates to hold it in the footbath
Side panels prevent splashing
and help speed cow flow
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Advantages of the unique design
of the PediCuRx® system
Minimal water use — while still providing effective flushing
and cleaning of the bath.
Indestructible material — rugged cross-linked
polyethylene footbath is virtually indestructible.
Air-operated bladder gate — simple, rugged and performs
well in challenging environments.
Pre-cleaning pre-bath — cleans feet before cows enter the
Longer length — 10-foot long footbath allows for frequent
“double dipping” of each foot for greater effectiveness.
Angled front entry edge — makes it easier for the cow to
step in the bath and diverts flush water away from the bath.
Programmable dispensing system for powder or liquid
hygiene products — provides the right amount of product
every time, saving time and labor.
High–powered water jets clean the footbath between treatments.
The first footbath cleans the feet so the second bath can treat
The unique design of the PediCuRx footbath allows cows to move
through quickly, but still get adequate foot coverage.
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PediCuRx® manual or
The PediCuRx® system is designed to make the use of the
footbath as easy as possible, whether it is an automated or
Under normal conditions, 150 to 250 cows can pass through
the bath before flushing. For dairies this size, the manual
footbath system could be the best solution. The bath can be
easily prepared before the milking session and cleaned out
• Controlled and operated by the user
• User adds appropriate amounts of chemicals,
and operates air and water valves manually
• A water valve and an air compressor make
the operation easier
If more than approximately 250 cows travel through the
footbath during one milking session, the liquid has to be
changed during the milking session. In this case the automated
version of the footbath would be the best choice, because it
allows for the releasing, cleaning and refilling of the bath
automatically, which means the operator doesn’t have to stop
during the milking session to change the bath. Whether there
are one or two exit lanes, if using powder or liquid chemicals,
or a combination of both, the automated footbath can be
customized to meet the needs of the dairy.
How the system works
• The PediCuRx® control dispenses water, air and
liquid chemical to a single footbath
• Can be programmed to fill, drain and flush at
• Air line provides compressed air to operate
• The air bladder inflates to hold liquid in and deflates
to drain it
• Nozzels at the entrance of the bath flush out
• Unique angled design promotes good cow flow to keep
the entrance area clean
• Nozzels fill the footbath with water and dispense
Option 1: The second footbath allows a treatment bath in two
separate exit lanes. A decision valve is required.
Option 2: Both baths are installed in the same exit lane. The
first bath is used as a pre-bath and the second is for treatment.
A decision valve directs the flow to the appropriate bath.
Second liquid dispenser — enables the control to dispense
two different liquid chemcials. Typically, one chemical for
pre-treating and another for treatment.
Powder dispenser — each dispenser has two canisters —
one canister is emptied with each treatment cycle. Each
canister can hold enough chemical to treat 150 to 250 cows. A
maximum of two powder dispensers (four canisters) can be
used with one PediCuRx® control. Water is dispensed into the
canister to carry the powder into the bath.
One control unit can operate up to two footbaths A second footbath allows for a treatment bath in two separate exit lanes.
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components — meeting the needs
of commercial dairy producers
The following options were designed to provide large,
commercial producers the ability to take advantage of the
PediCuRx® automated footbath system and rugged bladder
gate technology, while still maintaining their cow flow goals.
With these components, producers can automatically flush and
fill their baths quickly, use new or existing concrete footbaths,
and customize their footbath schedule. The PediCuRx® system
brings solutions to producers who need a reliable foot care
management program in a commercial dairy environment.
200-gallon or 300-gallon storage tank — doses up to
400 lbs. of Copper sulfate or Zinc sulfate.
High throughput capacity — treat up to 7,000 cows
Simple, precise mixing — pour granulated Copper sulfate
or Zinc sulfate into the tank through the 12’’ opening. Press
the start button and the tank fills with water to the proper
Internal agitation — the unique nozzle “eductor” magnifies
the agitation action by four times. This action mixes the
solution quickly and thoroughly.
Automatic dispensing — the PediCuRx® automation control
sends a signal to dispense a metered amount of treatment
solution to fill the footbath.
Expandable — can be connected to one or two PediCuRx®
automated footbath controls for dosing up to four treatment
Corrosion resistant materials — poly tank and poly
circulation pump resist corrosion, providing long service life.
7-day timer module
Programs — the day and time of footbath